Has GKC made a difference in your life?
HELP THE SOCIETY OF GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON DEMONSTRATE THE WORLDWIDE DEVOTION TO CHESTERTON BY LIGHTING A CANDLE AND ADDING YOUR PERSONAL TESTIMONY.
Join the Society on Sunday, September 22 for our next monthly meeting when we will discuss a selection of writings from Father Vincent McNabb, O.P., the great Distributist writer and friend of Chesterton and Belloc. Of McNabb, Monsignor Ronald Knox (another great priest writer contemporary with Chesterton) once wrote,
"Father Vincent is the only person I have ever known about whom I have felt, and said more than once, ‘He gives you some idea of what a saint must be like.’ There was a kind of light about his presence which didn't seem to be quite of this world."
For our reading selection for this meeting, we will be using a custom reading packet. We are not posting this packet online, however. The only way to get the reading packet is to RSVP for this meeting! (See the bottom of this post to RSVP.)
Even if you RSVP that you cannot attend, you can select an option to have the reading packet sent to you. But we are keeping it under this process in order to protect any potential violations of copyright and the like which may arise from posting it online.
Join the Society on Sunday, August 18th at 6:30 PM at Ivy Hall (details below) for the completion of our discussion of The Autobiography of Gilbert Keith Chesterton.
We will also have updates from the annual Chesterton conference, and discuss important plans for the future. We hope you can make it!
Join the Society on Sunday evening, June 23rd, to discuss the first part (chapters 1-8) of GKC's Autobiography, the penultimate publication of the author's lifetime (a book of essays, unfortunately out of print, entitled "As I was Saying," takes the final spot). Please see below to RSVP for this meeting.
The book is a treat; if you haven't read it before, the first sentence should be sufficient to whet your appetite: "Bowing down in blind credulity, as is my custom, before mere authority and the tradition of the elders, superstitiously swallowing a story I could not test at the time by experiment or private judgment, I am firmly of opinion that I was born on the 29th of May, 1874, on Campden Hill, Kensington; and baptised according to the formularies of the Church of England in the little church of St. George opposite the large Waterworks Tower that dominated that ridge."
You can purchase the book online in various formats; if you want a physical copy, we'd urge you to pick one up from the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton.
Join the Society for our next meeting on Sunday evening, May 12th, when we will discuss a recent publication from the Society for Gilbert Keith Chesterton, My Name is Lazarus: 34 Stories of Converts Whose Path to Rome was Paved by G.K. Chesterton. Order your copy today, and see you in May! More details and RSVP form below the jump.
Join the Society for our next monthly meeting where we discuss The Ballad of the White Horse, Chesterton's wonderful poem about a 9th century historical battle and the larger cosmic battle it represented.
You can find the poem online, but you may want to purchase a nice annotated edition from the American Chesterton Society. The Society also sells a digital download audio recording of the poem as read by the eminent Chesterton, Mr. Aidan Mackey. A final option is this other audio recording which you can get for free, recommended by our very own Mike K., a reading by Malcom Guite. In any case, you have plenty of options to get ready for the meeting which is right around the corner!
We aim to provide fellowship and fun in the Philadelphia area as we gather and honor the personal and literary legacy of G.K. Chesterton.
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